“It goes without saying that our contention that beautiful people are more intelligent is purely scientific (logical and empirical); it is not a prescription for how to treat or judge others. To derive a behavioral prescription (what one ought to do) from a scientific conclusion (what is) would be an example of what Hume (1964/1739) […]

Because of their shortity I will replicate them here. Letter 70: “1. After a long space of time I have seen your beloved Pompeii.[1] I was thus brought again face to face with the days of my youth. And it seemed to me that I could still do, nay, had only done a short time […]

I går bestilte jeg en t-shirt med disse citater på ryggen. “Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of our language.” –Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations (1953), § 109. “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.” –David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40), Of […]

Contrary to what I normally do I’m not going to argue anything in this article. My goal is to spread useful information, mostly in form of links about Hume’s maxim. Hume’s maxim Hume mentions this in his essay An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding.[i]: 91. The plain consequence is (and it is a general maxim worthy […]

Inspired by reading of David Hume’s Enquiry concerning the principles of Morals (EPM) edited by Tom L. Beauchamp.1 “Hume is often interpreted as arguing that no value judgment–however extreme, obscene, or cruel–is reasonable or unreasonable, just as no value judgment is factual. This interpretation needs careful assessment. A passion is ‘unreasonable’ for Hume not because […]

Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous. Source: A Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40) Part 4 Of the sceptical and other systems of philosophy, Sect. 7 Conclusion of this book